Are you readjusted yet? Hot and humid weather is something that we are no stranger to here in the Brazos Valley -- however, it is a bit on the strange side when it comes to how early it moved in this year.
As we wrap up the month of June, temperatures are usually just now starting to get close to the 90° mark. In fact, here's a look at the climatology data for May 31st:
Bryan / College Station hit the 90s as early as April 9th this year. Since then, we have already tied or broken / set new record highs 11 times and racked up 27 afternoons of 90°+ heat. Factor in the wide-open Gulf of Mexico, and the moisture from it sitting over the area, and heat index values have already started climbing into the dangerous 100°+ range.
As for our extended forecast, well...it doesn't look like the heat is going anywhere, anytime soon. High pressure at the surface and aloft in the atmosphere is curently settled over the Southeastern United States. As today wears on -- and the rest of this week for that matter -- that high will expand westward and eventually take full control of our weather pattern as well.
Tuesday Afternoon Upper-level Forecast
Thursday Afternoon Upper-level Forecast
The Good News:
--These breezy to gusty winds that have blown non-stop this spring will be settling down
--Dewpoints will dry out about 10°, meaning that the airmass overhead won't be quite as humid
The Bad News:
--With winds now forecasted only in the 5-10mph range, there won't be anything to help undercut that humid feeling. Even though the relative humidity will be *slightly* lower, a stagnant, muggy feeling will be present when walking outdoors.
--As the center of this high pressure drifts close to the area, some of us could touch 100° for the first time this season. Best chance for that to occur lies in our northeastern counties.
--High pressure trumps rain chances 99% of the time. Hot, dry and humid looks to be the forecast until a slight chance of the wet stuff looks possible on Sunday. Highs in the upper 90s and a scorching sun will only continue to make drought conditions worse throughout the area.
Hang in there and get ready for the long haul, folks. Remember, lots of water and cool spots for breaks every 30 to 45 minutes will be needed if you plan to be outdoors for extended periods of time. Otherwise, find your favorite air conditioner vent to post up next to and we'll hang tough until the beginning of Fall........